Amherst Highway Department employee rescues hawk

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An Amherst Highway Department employee saved a frozen hawk on Meadowstream Dr.

The highway department says Tim Boyle noticed the red-tailed hawk on the road.

Boyle then brought the animal inside his truck and wrapped it in a blanket to warm it up.

Since then, the hawk has been taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County, where it is recovering in an incubator.

“When the hawk was brought to us, he was covered with ice and snow, unable to stand, and hypothermic,” Gina Browning, with the SPCA, says. “He appears to be a first-year hawk. After an initial assessment by our SPCA wildlife hospital veterinarian, the bird has severe head trauma with visual impairment, possibly blind. He is currently in an oxygen tank on fluids and pain meds, and is receiving nutritional support through tube feeding. Right now, the bird is in critical condition and it is too soon to know what the extent of the head trauma is and whether he will survive.”

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